Domestic Spring BreakOuts

Spring BreakOuts 2019

During Spring Break, you can spend your time learning about a different part of the country, meeting new people, sharing about yourself and helping others. Spring BreakOuts are a great way to get off campus for a short time and do something that can truly enhance your college experience and your life.

These trips will fill on a first come-first serve basis. If a trip is full, you can still apply and be put on a waiting list. For all trips except the Puerto Rico trip, registration is now open and will close on February 1 (unless there is still space on a trip).  

Applications for the Puerto Rico trip opened August 1, 2018 on Studio Abroad (The Center for International Program's website) and were due September 17.

The cost of the trip covers transportation, lodging, and most food. Plan on bringing some spending money for snacks and other needs along the way. Some funds have been set aside for partial scholarships based on need (contact 
Mary Niebler for scholarship requests). Full payment for BreakOut trip is due February 9. If payment is not received by then, your space on the trip will be given to the next person on the waiting list.  Refunds will not be provided to anyone who drops out after February 9.

If you would like more information about any of the trips below, contact Mary Niebler

Appalachia Immersion/UDSAP House, Salyersville, KY

****Please note: Appalachia Immersion (UDSAP house, Salyersville, KY) trip is now full. If you select this option you will be put on a waiting list. ****

March 10-16, 2019

Cost: $150

In this rural Appalachian experience, UD students will get a glimpse into the UD Summer Appalachia Program (UDSAP) by visiting the local residents and learning of their rich culture, while building relationships in Salyersville, KY. This small Appalachian community welcomes UD students each year and has a great willingness to share its culture. Kentucky BreakOut’ers will likely find some time to go hiking through the mountains or time to relax in the beauty of Appalachia.

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Amate House, Chicago, IL

March 10-15, 2019

Cost: $250.00

Students on the Chicago BreakOut will stay with and shadow yearlong volunteers at Amate House. Volunteers with the Amate House live in community houses in the neighborhoods in which they serve. They provide critical tasks for nonprofits, schools and churches in the area. This BreakOut will provide students with a taste of what is like to live and work in the social service realm of Chicago. Plans are for students to work in schools, homeless shelters, a food pantry, and a homeless advocacy organization.

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L’Arche Community of St Louis, St. Louis, MO

March 10-16, 2019

Cost: $150

The Spring BreakOut to St Louis will be immersed in the L’Arche Community of St Louis. 

L’Arche communities in the United States provide homes and workplaces where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together as peers; create inclusive communities of faith and friendship; and transform society through relationships that cross social boundaries.

L’Arche USA exists to amplify the voices of people who have intellectual disabilities; provide growth opportunities for people of all abilities; nurture the faith life of local communities; strengthen communities with resources and collaborative leadership; develop strategic partnerships; and found new communities.

UD students will have a peek into the life of the St Louis L’Arche community on this four day BreakOut.

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New Jersey Shore, NJ

March 10-16, 2019

Cost: $250.00

Students on the Spring BreakOut to the New Jersey Shore will volunteer with SBP, an organization that facilitates home rebuilding efforts after natural disasters strike. During the week with SBP you will be helping to achieve an important goal: rebuilding the homes and lives of NJ families displaced by Superstorm Sandy. 

Nearly 6 years after Superstorm Sandy, there are still thousands of Jersey Shore homeowners that are displaced from their homes. Volunteering with SBP New Jersey will help shrink the time between disaster and recovery. Participants will get to know the community still affected by Sandy, provide needed housing rehab/construction, learn about the area and reflect on the experience along the way. 

The group will be staying at Camp Evans in Wall Township, NJ.

Additional Information

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Puerto Rico

March 9-17, 2019

Cost: $400 plus flight

In 2017, everything changed for the three million American citizens living on the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Hurricanes Irma and Maria slammed the island back to back and completely devastated it, destroying its infrastructure and services in the process. Some response reached Puerto Rico but it proved to be insufficient. To this day, the people of this small island-nation within a nation are suffering from power outages, lack of medical services, and poor infrastructure. However, that does not mean that this is a hopeless situation. People still dream of more helping hands coming to make the island great once more. Because of this, we implore the students of the University of Dayton to come and aid us. This experience will not only be centered around service, but also around full cultural immersion. Puerto Rico has a rich history and culture, fantastic cuisine, amazing sites, and friendly people. Understanding of Puerto Rican culture is a valuable thing especially in these tense times and will also serve as an unforgettable memory. So, if you want to help a nation in need and have a good time while you do it, then undertake this journey. You’ll never forget it.
- Diego Buxeda

Applications for the Puerto Rico trip open August 1, 2018 on Studio Abroad (The Center for International Program's website) and are due October 17.

When you go to apply at Studio Abroad, click on “Search Programs” and look for “Service/Immersions”. Apply for your first choice. There will be a section to declare a second or third choice of trip.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do we travel?

Domestic BreakOut groups will travel together to and from their destination, starting from UD via Campus Ministry vehicle (12 passenger van, minivan, or car)*. We ask that all students be back on campus the night before your departure (unless you are local and can meet in the morning or at the designated departure spot). For the January and May breaks, we will arrange for housing for all students. Those who live in UD houses or Garden Apartments can generally get extended stay for that period and we will help the others have a place to stay. Students will receive instructions on this through their orientation.

It is important that our groups travel together. There are occasional exceptions to this, which will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Students who are comfortable and able will help with the driving, after completing a safety course through the university. All university-certified drivers will be covered under UD’s insurance.

*the domestic trips to Los Angeles, CA and Nogales, AZ will fly.

Who is in charge?

All of our Domestic BreakOut group are led by at least one, oftentimes 2-4, designated leaders. Leaders are experience and trained students, staff or faculty. The leader is trained in emergency protocol and is there to work through emotional, spiritual, and physical struggles with the students. They will also provide valuable reflection and processing of the experience with the group.

Our trips are also hosted by trusted organizations, who serve as transportation, guides, local experts and general hospitality. Over the years, we have built long-standing, trusted relationships with these organizations and individuals.

We do view all students over the age of 18 as adults. Therefore, they are responsible for signing release forms and waivers for these trips. We strongly encourage students to share all information they are learning with their families.

What if I can’t afford the whole cost of the trip?

It is our goal that these experiences are open to all students, regardless of financial circumstances. We will work with you in a variety of ways to make this trip a possibility. We are happy to set up a payment plan or a reduced price to make it work.

What happens if there is an emergency?

In the case of an emergency, our group leaders will follow the proper protocol. Campus offices such as Public Safety, Campus Ministry, Environmental Health and Safety/ Risk Management, and the Counseling Center are on hand for our groups, even when off campus. Also, our local host organizations are equipped and willing to help in emergency situations.

Our leaders and campus offices have students’ emergency contact information and will notify those contact if deemed necessary.

Who should my parents or I contact if we have a question?

You or your parents may contact Mary Niebler, Coordinator of Cross-cultural Immersions in Campus Ministry’s Center for Social Concerns with any questions.


Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern

Liberty Hall
300 College Park Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408
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